A man burns a huge Christmas tree at Fox News headquarters in New York

A Man Burns a Huge Christmas Tree At Fox News Headquarters In New York

New York – A man was charged Wednesday with setting arson and other crimes by setting fire to a 50-foot Christmas tree in front of Fox News headquarters in downtown Manhattan, police said.

The tree outside the News Corp. building that houses Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, caught fire shortly after midnight.

Photos and videos from the scene show the fully decorated tree on fire.


Fox News anchor Shannon Bream announced the blaze to viewers as firefighters were working to put it out.

“This is Fox Square in New York, outside of Fox headquarters,” Bream said. “It looks like our giant Christmas tree there, just a couple of minutes ago, was completely engulfed in flames.”

Firefighters put out the flames and no injuries were reported.

A 49-year-old man who police say was homeless was arrested. It was unclear if he had an attorney who could comment on the charges.

Police said the man had a lighter, but it was unclear if any accelerators were used.

The tree had been ceremonially lit during the network’s Christmas special on Sunday. His charred remains were dismantled on Wednesday.

An employee collects the remains of the Christmas tree. (The Associated Press)

FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott told network staff in a memo, “We will not allow this willful and blatant act of cowardice to deter us.” Scott said a new tree would be installed “as a message that there can be peace, light and joy even during a dark time like this.”

A lighting ceremony will be held for the new tree, Scott said.